Scotties, Hawks Stay Tied Atop the League Standings

Scotties, Hawks Stay Tied Atop the League Standings

ATLANTA, Ga. - By securing weekend wins, Agnes Scott and Huntingdon, each with identical 5-1 records, remain tied at the top of the conference standings. That will change on Tuesday night when the Hawks will put their 7-game winning streak on the line playing in the Scotties' gym.

On Saturday, Agnes Scott topped Spelman 67-43 while Huntingdon handed Salem it's second consecutive conference defeat, 76-61 to keep the Scotties and Hawks in a virtual tie for the conference lead. Covenant also enjoyed an outstanding week, picking up three wins including an overtime thriller over Salem last Tuesday and a conference romp over Wesleyan on Saturday.

Below are the recaps from the winning SIDs of the key games this past week.

Huntingdon tops Salem 76-61

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Huntingdon women's basketball team pulled away late and knocked off Salem College 76-61 on Saturday.

The win keeps Huntingdon at the top of the Great South Athletic Conference standings and helped make up for a 21-point loss to the Spirits on Jan. 5.

"The way they beat us the last time we played, we knew we had to be focused going into this game," Huntingdon head coach Buzz Phillips said. "We were tied at the half, but we responded and played very well in the second half. Like all of our wins recently, it was a team effort that made it happen."

The win was the seventh straight for the Lady Hawks (12-8, 5-1 GSAC), matching the program's longest winning streak in the NCAA-era. Huntingdon last won seven straight games during the 2005-2006 season.

"We haven't lost since our first game with Salem. I told the girls after that game that we had to regroup or it was going to be a long season," Phillips said. "We came back, went to work and we've grown closer as a team. This season is a long way from over, but I'm pleased with how our girls have responded so far."

Salem (11-10, 4-3 GSAC) battled Huntingdon evenly until the final 10 minutes of Saturday's game. Tied 32-32 at the half, Huntingdon fell behind early in the second half before a late run turned the momentum.

Trailing 54-52 with 7:59 to play in the game, a pair of Katie Martin free throws tied the game. During the next six minutes, with the help of 12 points from Morgan Crawford and a pair of 3-pointers from freshman Alyson Burke, the Lady Hawks put the game away with a 20-2 run.

Patricia Pickens turned in her fourth double-double of the season and finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Crawford added 17 points and nine assists and Burke was 4-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with 14 points.

Crawford's nine assists tied her mark for the most by a Lady Hawk at home since Roland Arena was dedicated in 2007. Crawford set the record with nine assists against Oglethorpe earlier this season.

Huntingdon travels to Agnes Scott (11-8, 5-1 GSAC) on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game.

Agnes Scott Tops Spelman 67-43

The Agnes Scott College basketball team defeated Spelman College today at home, 67-43. Leading scorers were Genefine Sapateh, Erica Sims and Arielle Register.

Agnes Scott trailed Spelman for the first ten minutes of the game, but a jumper by first-year Erica Sims tied the game 9-9 with 12:13 remaining. A layup by Spelman's Mariah Coggins and then a jumper by Agnes Scott's Genefine Sapateh tied the game 11-11. A successful free throw by Sim followed by a layup and a jumper put Agnes Scott ahead 16-12 with just over eight minutes remaining. Agnes Scott retained their lead and went into halftime ahead by seven points, 27-20.

The Scotties continued to play strong in the second half. Fourteen of Sapateh's 20 total points were made in the second half. The Scotties won by a 24 point margin with a final score of 67-43.

Sapateh scored 20 points and 10 rebounds, Sims had 14 points and seven rebounds. Register added 13 points and seven rebounds and Courtney Creer picked up 10 rebounds.

The Scotties outshot Spelman 36.9% to 31.3% and 71% to 64% from the free throw line. Agnes Scott also led in rebounding 42 to 36.

The Scotties will return to action on Tuesday February 5th at 6 p.m. as they face Huntingdon College. Admission is free and half-time will feature a special ring ceremony for the Scotties' conference champion soccer team.

Covenant Nips Salem in Overtime 71-70

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Trailing late in the second half, the Covenant women's basketball team rallied to send the game into overtime and claimed an upset victory over GSAC leader Salem 71-70 on Tuesday night.

After going over three years between overtime games, it is the second straight overtime game for the Lady Scots. Covenant lost in overtime to Spelman on Saturday.

Salem came into the contest in a three-way tie for first place in the GSAC with Agnes Scott and Huntingdon.

Covenant (8-8, 2-4 GSAC) trailed 56-48 with 3:43 left in regulation after a 3-pointer from Salem's Satavia Taylor. Three straight 3-pointers from Haley Soles and a driving layup from Kiaira Cooper capped an 11-2 scoring run to give the Lady Scots a 59-58 lead with 1:20 remaining.

Salem would retake the lead on a Shamaz Denerson layup with 1:10 left and the Spirits' Bria Patterson made one of two free-throws with 20 seconds left to give the visitors a 61-59 lead. On Covenant's next possession, Cooper again took the ball strong to the hoop and converted a layup to tie the score at 61 with five seconds left. Salem had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Patterson's short jumper fell short and the game was sent to overtime.

Both teams went back and forth in the extra period, until under a minute remained.

With the score tied at 67, Covenant's Liz Dougherty spun past a defender and lofted a layup high off the glass that fell through the net - plus a foul - sending the small but boisterous crowd into a frenzy as the Lady Scots took a 69-67 lead. Dougherty would miss the free-throw, but Alexis Storteboom was there for the offensive rebound. Storteboom sank a pair of free-throws to put Covenant up 71-67 and secure the win.

Storteboom recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, none bigger than the final one. Soles added 15 points and Cooper poured in 10 points and four steals. Ruth Gibson tallied nine points, four assists, and six rebounds, while Jessica Chittenden chipped in seven points and six rebounds.

Salem (11-9, 4-2 GSAC) received a game-high 28 points from Taylor on 11-of-28 shooting. Denerson (10 points and 14 rebounds) and Quntashea Lewis (10 points and 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles for the Spirits.

The Lady Scots managed just 37.9 percent (25-66) shooting, while the Spirits also struggled as they connected on 36.5 percent (23-63) of their shots. Covenant held a slight 47-46 rebounding edge and had 16 second-chance points on the night.

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